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Leo Esaki - List of books available in English

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Physicist, born in Osaka, C Japan. He studied physics at Tokyo, and in 1957, working for the Sony Corporation, developed the Esaki diode (or tunnel diode), a semiconductor device with widespread uses in electronic computers and microwave systems. In 1960 he moved to the IBM Research Center in New York City where he pioneered quantum well devices and superlattices. He shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1973.

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